Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's

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Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's

Tiffany Midge
Foreword by Geary Hobson

216 pages

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October 2019

978-1-4962-1557-4

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About the Book

Why is there no Native woman David Sedaris? Or Native Anne Lamott? Humor categories in publishing are packed with books by funny women and humorous sociocultural-political commentary—but no Native women. There are presumably more important concerns in Indian Country. More important than humor? Among the Diné/Navajo, a ceremony is held in honor of a baby’s first laugh. While the context is different, it nonetheless reminds us that laughter is precious, even sacred.

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is a powerful and compelling collection of Tiffany Midge’s musings on life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in America. Artfully blending sly humor, social commentary, and meditations on love and loss, Midge weaves short, stand-alone musings into a memoir that stares down colonialism while chastising hipsters for abusing pumpkin spice. She explains why she does not like pussy hats, mercilessly dismantles pretendians, and confesses her own struggles with white-bread privilege.  

Midge goes on to ponder Standing Rock, feminism, and a tweeting president, all while exploring her own complex identity and the loss of her mother. Employing humor as an act of resistance, these slices of life and matchless takes on urban-Indigenous identity disrupt the colonial narrative and provide commentary on popular culture, media, feminism, and the complications of identity, race, and politics.

 

Author Bio

Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and was raised in the Pacific Northwest. She is a former columnist for Indian Country Today and taught writing and composition for Northwest Indian College. Her award-winning books are The Woman Who Married a Bear and Outlaws, Renegades, and Saints: Diary of a Mixed-Up Halfbreed. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Transmotion, the Offing, Waxwing, Moss, Okey-Pankey, Lit Hub, and World Literature Today. Midge resides in Moscow, Idaho, where she has served as the city’s poet laureate. She aspires to be the distinguished writer in residence at Seattle’s Space Needle. Geary Hobson is emeritus professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of numerous books, including The Last of the Ofos.

Praise

"If you're wondering why the presence of Andrew Jackson's portrait in the Oval Office is offensive, this is your book."—Kirkus

"[Midge's] no-b.s., take-no-prisoners approach is likely to resound with twenty-something readers, but the older crowd ought to give Midge a look, too."—Joan Curbow, Booklist

“Midge is a wry, astute charmer with an eye for detail and an ear for the scruffy rhythms of American lingo.”—Sarah Vowell, author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
 

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s drives a spear into the stereotype of Native American stoicism. It is perhaps the funniest nonfiction collection I have ever read. But it is much more than funny: it is moving, honest, and painful as well, and looks at the absurdities of modern America. Midge’s collection is so good it could raise Iron Eyes Cody from the grave and make him laugh till he cries.”—David Treuer, author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee
 

“Tiffany Midge is the kind of funny that can make the same joke funny over and over again. Which means, of course, that she is wicked smart, and sly, and that she has her hand on the pulse of the culture in a Roxane Gay-ish way, only funnier, and that she has our number, your number, and my number too, all of our numbers. Which means she is our teacher, if we let her be.”—Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country 
 

“Tiffany Midge is a gift, a literary comedic genius. Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is chock-full of savagely clever and spot-on riffs about Native life combined with keen observations of the absurdities of pop culture. Where else can one find discussion of the use of ‘ugh’ in American literature or of Anne Coulter and Delores Abernathy as judges in the post-election U.S. Open in Racist Tirades Competition? Adroit, snarly, essential, and inspiring. She knows our truths, so there is no use in hiding. Midge is among the very best indigenous writers. More, please.”—Devon Mihesuah, author of Ned Christie; Choctaw Crime and Punishment; and Indigenous American Women

Table of Contents

Foreword by Geary Hobson    

Part I: My Origin Story Is a Cross between “Call Me Ishmael,” a Few Too Many Whiskey Sours Packed in an Old Thermos at the Drive-In Double Feature, and That Little Voice That Says, “You Got This”
Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s    
Headlines    

Part II: Instead of a “Raised by Wolves” T-Shirt, Mine Says “Raised by Functioning Alcoholics with Intimacy Phobias & Low Self-Esteem”
The Jimmy Report    
My Name Is Moonbeam McSwine    
The Siam Sequences    

Part III: Micro (Aggression) Memoirs
First World (Story) Problems: Brown Girl Multiple Choice Edition    
Tweets as Assigned Texts for Native American Studies Course    
Ghoul, Interrupted    

Part IV: Garsh Durn It! You Say Patriarchy, I Say Patri-Malarkey, Dollars to Donuts Cuckoo Banana Pants, You Gals & Your Lady Power This ’n’ That
An Open Letter to White Women Concerning The Handmaid’s Tale and America’s Historical Amnesia    
Fertility Rites    
Wonder Woman Hits Theaters, Smashes Patriarchy    
Jame Gumb, Hero and Pioneer of the Fat-Positivity Movement    
Post-Election Message to the 53 Percent    
Committee of Barnyard Swine to Determine Fate for Women’s Health    
Champion Our Native Sisters! (but Only Selectively and under Certain Conditions)     
An Open Letter to White Girls Regarding Pumpkin Spice and Cultural Appropriation    

Part V: Me, Cutting in Front of All the People in All of the Lines Forever: “It’s Okay, I Literally Was Here First” #DecolonizedAF
Thousands of Jingle Dress Dancers Magically Appear at Standing Rock Protector Site    
Satire Article Goes Viral on Day of 2016 Presidential Election Results    
Attack of the Fifty-Foot (Lakota) Woman    
Minnesota Art Gallery to Demolish “Indian Uprisings” Exhibit after Caucasian Community Protest    
Why I Don’t Like “Pussy” Hats    
Li-Li-Li-Li-Land, Standing Rock the Musical!     

Part VI: Merciless Indian Savages? Try Merciless Indian Fabulous!
Redeeming the English Language (Acquisition) Series    
Fifty Shades of Buckskin    
Conversations with My Lakota Mom    
Feast Smudge Snag    
Eight Types of Native Moms    

Part VII: “Shill the Pretendian, Unfav the Genuine” Is the 2018 Remix of “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”
Red like Me: I Knew Rachel Dolezal Back When She Was Indigenous    
A List of Alternative Identities to Try for Fun and Profit    
I Have White Bread Privilege    
Things Pseudo-Native Authors Have Claimed to Be but Actually Are Not    
You Might Be a Pretendian    

Part VIII: I Watched Woman Walks Ahead and Frankly Was Offended by the Cookie-Cutter, Stereotypical Portrayal of the Menacing White Soldier
Reel Indians Don’t Eat Quiche: The Fight for Authentic Roles in Hollywood    
Are You There, Christmas? It’s Me, Carol!    
Post-Election U.S. Open in Racist Tirades Competition    
West Wing World    

Part IX: The Native Americans Used EVERY Part of the Sacred Turkey
Hey America, I’m Taking Back Thanksgiving    
Clown Costumes Banned, Racist Native American Halloween Costumes Still Okay    
Thanksgiving Shopping at Costco: I Just Can’t Even    
Politically Correct Alternatives to Culturally Insensitive Halloween Costumes    

Part X: BREAKING NEWS—Your Neighbor Who Said, “Whoa, Dude, This Whole Trump Thing’s, Like, So Fricken Surreal,” Might Actually Be on to Something
Step Right Up, Folks    
Trump Pardons Zombie Apocalypse    
There’s Something about Andrew Jackson    
Trump Administration to Repeal Bison as First National Mammal    
President Trump Scheduled for Whirlwind Tour to Desecrate World’s Treasures    

Part XI: The Trump Administration’s Pop-Up, Coloring, Scratch ’n’ Sniff, Edible, and Radioactive Activity Book
You’ve Got Mail!    
Executive Order Requiring All Americans Take Up Cigarettes by End of 2017    
The Wild West (Wing) and Wild Bill Hiccup    
Give a Chump a Chance    
Ars Poetica by Donald J. Trump    

Acknowledgments    

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